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Life After Violence: A People's Story of Burundi (African Arguments)


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Burundi recently emerged from twelve years of civil war. In this book, ordinary Burundians, farmers, artisans, traders, mothers, soldiers and students talk about the past and the future, war and peace, their hopes for a better life and their relationships with each other and the state. Young men, in particular, often seen as the cause of violence, talk about the difficulties of living up to standards of masculinity in an impoverished and war-torn society. Weaving a rich tapestry, Peter Uvin pitches the ideas and aspirations of people on the ground against the assumptions often made by the international development and peace-building agencies.  This groundbreaking book on conflict and society in Africa will have profound repercussions for development across the world.



When we get wind of violence in faraway places, especially mass violence in Africa, we tend to imagine a human landscape that is utterly alien and insane. In "Life After Violence," Peter Uvin gives us something much more realistic: a picture of a complex society, with many virtuous people, that nevertheless descended into vicious mayhem.

The object of his fascination is Burundi, one... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Peter Uvin is the Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies and Academic Dean at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Table of Contents

Foreword * Introduction * Part 1: Background * A Brief Political History of Burundi * Methodology & Location * Part 2: The View from Below * Peace and War as Read in Burundi * 'If I Were in Charge Here':  Burundians on Respect, Corruption and the State * Hard Work and Prostitution:  The Capitalist Ethos in Crisis * 'I Want to Marry a Dynamic Girl':  Changing Gender Expectations in Burundi * Justice, Silence and Social Capital * Conclusion * Notes * Bibliography * Index

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Uvin, Peter
Zed Books
International Relations - General
Africa, east
Africa - General
International Relations
Burundi Social conditions.
Burundi - History - 1993-
World History-General
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African Arguments
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